Ocala, Florida, USA – March 05, 2021 – The Ocala Tournament, Week VII of the Hits Ocala Winter Circuit, welcomed riders back to the winner’s circle in more featured competition, including the $25,000 SmartPak Grand Prix. There is still plenty of time to earn points toward the Tack Shack of Ocala 2nd-Half Circuit and Pyranha Overall Circuit Awards, which will be presented during the tenth week of competition, the Ocala Championship. Also just around the corner is the seventh Great American $1 Million Grand Prix on Sunday, March 28 – watch live on ShowHorse TV!
As you make your plans to join us for the Hits Ocala Winter Circuit, please be sure to review the USEF Covid Protocol and the Hits Covid Protocol prior to your arrival. Read on for a recap of featured class winners from the Ocala Tournament or click here to enter for the Hits Ocala Winter Circuit!
With a ‘can’t be beat’ attitude, Hunter Holloway (USA) Pepita Con Spita, owned by Hays Investment Corp., claimed another Grand Prix win at the Hits Ocala Winter Circuit. However it was not an easy task, the third grand prix victory of the season there for the dynamic duo came after fierce competition.
Nine riders had jumped a clean first round in the $25,000 SmartPak Grand Prix, and Holloway bested the field in the jump-off, guiding the 10-year-old grey Westphalian mare (DSP Con Spirit x Come On) to break the 40-second mark, posting a final time of 39.513 seconds for the blue ribbon.
Conor Swail (IRL) and Koss van Heiste (Breemeersen Adorado x Contact vd Heffinck) were also double clear, finishing second due to their jump-off time of 40.10 seconds.
Tracy Fenney (USA) and MTM Apple (Favorit Ask x Willemoes) had another solid performance, rounding out the top three in 41.29 seconds.
Final Results – $25,000 SmartPak Grand Prix
1) Hunter Holloway (USA) & Pepita Con Spita – 0 / 0 – 39.51
2) Conor Swail (IRL) & Koss Van Heiste – 0 / 0 – 40.10
3) Tracy Fenney (USA) & MTM Apple – 0 / 0 – 41.29
Source: Press release from Hits Horse Show
Photos: © ESI Photography